Last weekend I was offered the opportunity to train with Anton St James of the Barong Institute, see their website at: http://www.baronginstitute.com/aboutus/aboutus.html After a 4.5 journey we managed to squeeze two hours out of Tony when we arrived. Once again it has to be noted just how patient Tony is. I was training with himself and another blackbelt and brown belt - yet I still managed to understand what was going on! We started on sambrada, 3 and 5 beat. Initially single stick and then moved on to double stick. I was corrected for the direction of my strikes, as the strike to the waist area was going a little astray - but I did improve. I have never done double stick sambrada before and found that when I didn't require the second stick to strike at someones hand - it kinda just floated mid air next to me...must work on this a bit I think!! Destructive blocking was covered as well. Although my destructive blocking was comnsiderably more destructive than anybody elses...I hear Yoda..."You must learn control Padawan!!" Gunting exercises were covered in all forms for about an hour including all the basic guntings and the same vs jab/cross and front kick. Timing, direction and listening to the instructions fired out were essential and I found this fairly anarobic. I have to admit this time training with Tony went very fast as well and we didn't get to cover as much as we would have liked. I intend to go back in the New Year though - hopefully with better control of my double stick! Please do check out the website and if you ever pass through Plymouth, please don't hesitate to call the club and make yourself known!